Macbeth Relationship Lady Macbeth Essays

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With an unpredictable swing up or down, one could equally easily crash to the base of the wheel. In a fatalistic universe, the length and outcome of one's life (destiny) is predetermined by external forces. The play makes an important distinction: Fate may dictate what will be, but how that destiny comes about is a matter of chance (and, in a Christian world such as Macbeth's) of man's or free will.

Once the sense of guilt comes home to roost, Lady Macbeth’s sensitivity becomes a weakness, and she is unable to cope.

Significantly, she (apparently) kills herself, signaling her total inability to deal with the legacy of their crimes.

Gender Roles Lady Macbeth is the focus of much of the exploration of gender roles in the play.

As Lady Macbeth propels her husband toward committing Duncan's murder, she indicates that she must take on masculine characteristics.

Christian drama, on the other hand, always offers a ray of hope; hence, exhibits elements that reflect the greatest Christian tragedy of all: the Fall of Man.

In the Genesis story, it is the weakness of Adam, persuaded by his wife (who has in turn been seduced by the devil) which leads him to the proud assumption that he can "play God." But both stories offer room for hope: Christ will come to save mankind precisely because mankind has made the wrong choice through his own free will.

We cannot blame him for becoming king (it is his Destiny), but we can blame him for the way in which he chooses to get there (by his own free will).

Kingship and Natural Order is set in a society in which the notion of honor to one's word and loyalty to one's superiors is absolute.

To the Greeks, such arrogance in human behavior was punishable by terrible vengeance.

The tragic hero was to be pitied in his fallen plight but not necessarily forgiven: Greek tragedy frequently has a bleak outcome.

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